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BHS Tuesday roundup: Jacks hockey team tops Warroad 1-0

When the season began the schedule makers stuck the Bemidji boys hockey team with a monumental task: opening the winter with six road games.

The marathon finally ended Tuesday in Warroad with a 1-0 victory and BHS defied all odds in posting a 5-0-1 record.

Steve Heller swatted in a rebound of Tyler Follis' breakaway shot 10:41 into the middle period for Tuesday's lone goal and netminder Jeremiah Graves preserved the victory with 34 saves.

"This wasn't a pretty win but anytime you win at Warroad it's a great victory," said Lumberjacks coach Wade Chiodo. "We grinded it out and I'm very proud of the kids and how they performed during these six games."

The Jacks opened the year with a 4-1 win at East Grand Forks. The road swing also included a 6-3 victory at Monticello, a 7-2 win at Sartell, a 1-1 tie at Moorhead and a 6-0 victory at St. Cloud Apollo.

"We went from Monticello to East Grand Forks to Warroad. We covered about three-quarters of the state," Chiodo said. "We have plenty of things to work on but it has been a great start to the year. Anybody would take 5-0-1 on a six-game road swing."

BHS will make its home debut 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Sanford Center. The Lumberjacks will also be home Saturday against Fergus Falls. That game will be played at Nymore Arena.

Bemidji 0 1 0 - 1

Warroad 0 0 0 - 0

First period: No scoring

Second period: 1. BHS, S.Heller (Follis, Halbert) 10:41

Third period: No scoring

Saves: Graves (B) 13-13-8-34; Foster (W) 8-7-4-19

Penalties: Bemidji 6 for 20 minutes; Warroad 6 for 12 minutes

JV Game

Bemidji 1 0 0 - 1

Warroad 1 2 2 0 5

First period: 1. W, Heppner (Smeija, Stickler) 5:48; 2. B, Bofferding (Spencer) 6:41

Second period: 3. W, Heppnere (Smeija, Pfeiffer) 1:57; 4. W, Smeija (Heppner, Jaycox) 16:08

Third period: 5. W, Smeija (Boice) 12:01; 6. W, Smeija (Boice, Heppner) 14:49

Saves: Carlson (B) 6-14-6-26; King (W) 7-5-12-24

Penalties: Bemidji 6 for 12 minutes; Warroad 2 for 4 minutes

Crookston scored five goals on its first eight shots and hung on to hand the Bemidji girls hockey team a 5-2 setback Tuesday in Crookston.

Allie Lapp and Chaniel Nelson scored the Bemidji goals. Casey Miller, Nelson, Lapp and Laura Thompson had assists.

The Jacks (3-8) will be at East Grand Forks Thursday and visit Brainerd Saturday.

Bemidji 1 1 0 - 2

Crookston 3 2 0 - 5

First period: 1. C, Brieland (Meyer) 1:33; 2. B, Lapp (Miller, Nelson) 4:01; 3. C, Epema (Skala, Erickson) 6:50; 4. C, Broekmeier (Kaiser, Persson) 13:01

Second period: 5. C, Broekmeier (unassisted) 1:42; 6. C, Brieland (Meyer) 6:43; 7. B, Nelson (Lapp, Thompson) 11:45 PP

Third period: No scoring

Saves: Thompson (B) 2-4-9-15; Olson (C) 6-10-8-24

Penalties: Bemidji 2 for 4 minutes; Crookston 4 for 8 minutes

The Bemidji gymnastics team continued its progress Tuesday at Detroit Lakes in a 139.40-126.525 loss.

"We're getting stronger with each meet," said BHS coach Don Papreck.

Katie Jensen reached 32.0 in the All-Around and Jessi Bergquist tallied 31.725

In the vault Jensen was fourth at 8.9 and Bergquist and teammate Brook Beck tied for fifth at 8.625.

Jensen was fourth on the bars at 7.8 and Beck fifth at 7.6. Bergquist placed fourth on the beam at 8.6 and Jensen was sixth at 7.8.

On the floor, Bergquist finished fifth at 8.1 and Jensen sixth at 7.5.

Bemidji is off until Jan. 8 when it travels to Park Rapids.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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